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8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$317.00
Average Mileage:
66,996 miles
Total Complaints:
613 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace window regulator (299 reports)
  2. not sure (223 reports)
  3. fixed it myself so I don't have to be ripped off by Ford (24 reports)
  4. replace window regulator with 2006 and newer regulator (16 reports)
  5. replace elevator cable (15 reports)
  6. Ford paid for most of the fix (10 reports)
2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 31)

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problem #533

Aug 252011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ford is putting Mickey mouse parts in their trucks, my 2004 F150 truck’s window just decided to roll down on its own, a week later the driver side just decided it would stop about 3/4 way up, then about 5 minutes later it just rolled down. I checked it out on-line; hundreds have done the same, some in the drive in the middle of the night. Ford said there is not a problem, they are Ford tough, Quality was job ONE!!! That means roll your right window up and down approx 100 times the driver side two or three hundred times and you will get to replace them for $325 each. I have a different definition or FORD Tough and Quality.

- , Madison, AL, USA

problem #532

Aug 182011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,900 miles

Ford is putting Mickey mouse parts in their trucks, my 2004 F150 truck’s window just decided to roll down on it own, a week later the driver side just decided it would stop about 3/4 way up, then about 5 minutes later it just roll down. I checked it out on-line; hundreds have done the same, some in the drive in the middle of the night. Ford said there is not a problem, they are Ford tough, Quality was job ONE!!! That means roll your right window up and down approx 100 times the driver side two or three hundred times and you will get to replace them for $325 each. I have a different definition or FORD Tough and Quality.

- , Madison, AL, USA

problem #531

Jun 162011

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

This is the passenger side front window, about a year ago it was the drivers side front. At this rate this will be my first and last Ford truck.

- , Wenonah, NJ, USA

problem #530

Sep 112011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,135 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I experienced the same issues as many others. LOUD POP! then the driver window rolled itself down (while it was parked). It is an obvious issue and I called the Ford Customer service number (1-800-392-3673). The service rep took down all my information and said that a report has now been filed and will be reviewed. But at this time no recall exists. So it looks like I will be spending some money and time on an issue that is at the fault of poor engineering.

I urge anyone else that has this issue to please call and report it (each time it happens). It seems that may be the only way we will ever get a recall!

- , Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #529

Sep 022011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I had my third window fall into the door yesterday. This time it happened while my wife was at the grocery store. When she came out of the store with here groceries the window was down. The first time it happened while driving down the road in the middle of a rain storm. The second time was on a summer trip to Florida. These windows have been a Hugh pain in the but and I can't believe Ford is not concerned with it. They do not realize or care that they are losing customers.

The dealership wants over 600.00 per window that's 1800.00 passed on to us because Ford decided to use cheap parts. I refuse to pay that much money when I feel ford should put out a recall. Here is what I do to keep the windows up for under $5.00. First, purchase a small inflatable football. Second, remove the door panel and unplug the window from the window switch. Third, raise the window by hand and place the football in the door directly undress the bottom of the window. Fourth, inflate the football where until it becomes tight inside the door. Be careful not to over inflate the football so it doesn't push the door out kinda like a reverse dent. This will save you 595 dollars but you will not be able to roll the window down.

Maybe ford will wise up and put out a recall!!! That's the only way I will ever buy another ford.

- , Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #528

Sep 022011

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,250 miles

So I'm reading this is ANOTHER common problem with the 2004 F150 that Ford wont take care of. As much as I hate Government Motors, I may have to go to the Sierra.

- , Vienna, WV, USA

problem #527

Jun 062011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,727 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the third of four windows to fail! The first was under warranty. Ford says I need to have the dealer verify what the problem is. They want 80 bucks for that. Based on the description of what I told the service advisor happened, he said it was the regulators. He also stated it doesn't sound unusual to him. Honestly, 3 of 4 windows failed isn't unusual???? When will the fourth one go? Based on what I've seen just on this site alone there is a problem with something, and they won't own up to it!!!!

- , Allen, TX, USA

problem #526

Aug 302011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

Ford Company you need to have a recall on your faulty 2004 F150 pickup trucks with faulty window regulators. I've had all four go out on my truck within the last couple of months. I need your help!!!!!!!

- , Vernon, TX, USA

problem #525

Aug 302011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

I'm so pissed off that there is not a recall on the 2004 F150 ford window regulators and motors. Last summer my back passenger window went down and had to replace the regulator $278.00, then April 2011 my back driver side window goes down and it was the regulator; have not had it fixed yet due to not having the spare money. So I have it propped up with boards inside the door to keep the window up. In August 2011 the front driver side window went down and I had to replace it $178.00, now today my front passenger side window goes down. So what the heck is causing these to go out all of a sudden? Could there be a faulty fuse or switch on the dang pickup that is causing this? From looking on websites this is not the first, there are plenty of complaints. Now I have two windows that I don't have the money to repair the windows with at this time. Come on Ford, the company that satisfies their customers? Ha! Ha! Get the recall out on this piece of sh*t defective window regulators and help your customers out in getting these fixed.

- , Vernon, TX, USA

problem #524

Aug 242011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,900 miles

Yesterday, I'm driving along and suddenly my driver's side window just falls down into the door. The window won't roll back up. My truck is from 2004 but is a secondary vehicle and only has 19900 miles on it.

I checked the internet and found this is a common problem which Ford will not acknowledge. Has anyone had any success with Ford reference this problem? I have the extended cab and I am not looking forward to paying for this three more times!

- , Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #523

Aug 202011

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the second regulator I had to replace in the last 2 months. The first was the passenger front, now the passenger rear. I keep my truck parked outside and I use it maybe once a week. I got in it the other day and noticed the window was down and I had not driven the truck in 2 weeks. Of course it rained a couple of days before so I'm sure everything got soaked and dried out by the time I noticed. Come on Ford!!! Step up and recall these defective regulators or else!!

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #522

Aug 202011

F-150 Lariet 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,500 miles

The number of folks having the same problem strongly suggests Ford knows or should know that there is a defective design. eg. a latent defect!

- , Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #521

Aug 222011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

This is the third window that has fallen off the regulator sense 2009. Each one to fix is 450 to 500 dollars. Also there is no security if windows just fall out of the blue.

- , Mccoll, SC, USA

problem #520

Aug 082011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

I have replaced all four of my regulators over the years and now I am replacing the replacement for the 5th time out of my pocket for a grand total of $1500. That's horse sh*t in my opinion. I don't even roll the windows up and down much! At least the replacement parts should fix the problem since I had all of them fixed from the Ford dealership. Think I'll go elsewhere next time I buy.

- , Kempner, TX, USA

problem #519

Jun 062011

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

I expect issue with a truck that has 158,000 miles (I am the original owner) but so far I have had to replace the steering column, ball joints, spent over $3000 to repair cam phasers, the transmission is howling like crazy, and now the damned window drops. My 99 Lariat had 156,000 on it when I traded it in and the only thing I ever replaced on it was brakes, tires, and bulbs. I should have kept it. This truck has been a pain in my ass and I very well may buy a Dodge or GM the next time and that is saying something since I have owned nothing but Fords since 1993, of which 5 were purchased brand new. I am pissed off that I am spending another damned night in the garage fixing something that is broken rather than enjoying myself in the garage building something.

- , Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #518

Nov 012010

F-150 4x4 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

First occurrence. Took it to local automotive shop. Not the first Ford window to hear of that fell and needed a regulator. So I just repaired and went on.

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #517

Mar 182011

F-150 4x4 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Okay - This is the second window that has fallen and needs replacement. Definitely an aggravation. Took back to same automotive shop and had repaired/replaced.

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #516

Aug 022011

F-150 4x4 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Now it is the third window to have fallen. Passed the point of ridiculous. Back to the same automotive shop to repair. Guess the fourth one is coming...

- , Temple, TX, USA

problem #515

Aug 082011

F-150 Lalriet 5.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,856 miles

This is the third window regulator to fail in the last ten months on this F-150. Surely Ford Motor Company knows they have defective parts in these vehicles and they need to cut us some slack on repair. I've never, ever owned any vehicle with window issues like this in my life. As soon as the driver side front window breaks, I will have had to repair all the windows in the vehicle that go up and down. Sure glad I don't have an electronic sliding rear window.

- , Canton, GA, USA

problem #514

Aug 092011

F-150 Lariat 4WD 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

This is the 2nd window that just fell into the door cavity without warning while driving and the window was not being operated. From reading the reports, it appears that I will have to replace 2 more after this one. Ford should have done a recall and replaced all window regulators for all 2004 and 2005 F150 trucks. This is a serious safety risk. The latest failure occurred while driving on the highway at 75 MPH and could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Over $300 per window and that is if the window does not break when it falls.

- , Safford, AZ, USA

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